Merville Battery Guns

Gentlemen, in spite of your excellent orders and training, do not be daunted if chaos reigns. It undoubtedly will.
Brigadier James Hill

This  simple gun position at the Merville Battery permitted a 360° arc of fire at both the maritime and land targets on D-Day.

Each casemate had an open gun emplacement which were easily seen from above and vulnerable to air attack. Therefore, when the casemates were completed the guns were moved inside.

In May 1944, these open gun emplacements were concealed under a layer of soil.

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